Massa hoping for 'fantastic race' at Spa

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Williams F1 driver Felipe Massa says that he's hoping for a 'fantastic race' this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, which he describes as one of the best circuits in the world.

"I’m really looking forward to having a great race at Spa," said Massa in the run-up to the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix this weekend.

"Belgium is one of the best tracks in Formula One. Most of the drivers love the old style, including me.

"It’s always a pleasure to race there and feel the car perform at one of the best tracks in the world."

While the 35-year-old Brazilian has twice finished on the podium in Spa, he hadn't made it into the top three since he won the race in 2008, but that doesn't stop Massa's enthusiasm for the iconic circuit.

"I’ve got great memories from Belgium – I’ve been on the podium and I won there in 2008. It’s definitely a place I always enjoy visiting and a great pleasure to race around."

Spa is known for its erratic weather, and while the forecasts suggest hot conditions leading to storms on Saturday afternoon, the outlook for Sunday's race suggest near-perfect sunny and dry conditions with temperatures around 26C/80F.

However Massa is experienced enough to know that whatever the forecasts, Spa's location deep within the trees of the Ardennes forest invariably results in a wildly inconsistent microclimate across the sprawling 4.352-mile, 20-turn circuit.

"It’s a place that can be wet and dry pretty much at the same time, so I hope it will be a good weekend for us and that we have a fantastic race," agreed Massa.

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